The holidays are not the same this year, but celebrating and relaxing at home, and starting new traditions, is a reset that we all need.
We have all had to show resilience in a time of uncertainty this year. We have had to adapt to changing circumstances, and model responsibility for our kids more than ever. As you step back from your daily routines, we want to encourage you to make the most of this time by taking a deep breath and creating moments of mindfulness for yourself and your family.
All year long you have TRUSTED yourself to make healthy decisions for you and your loved ones. And those decisions have been difficult at times. By putting trust in your family and yourself, you have made sacrifices to protect the safety of others.
You have shown more GENEROSITY with your time, more flexibility in your routines, adapted to constant change, and become more intentional about balancing work and home. All while your kids were watching!
PATIENCE has been tested as all of these adjustments have been amended again and again over the year. But leaning into the uncertainty and continuing to practice patience has helped us stay grounded.
Kids have also endured a year of uncertainty, stress, and maybe even anxiety. That is why as you take time to show gratitude for overcoming these challenges, it is important to keep the lines of communication open for your kids to ask questions and express their feelings.
Creating small moments of mindfulness like having conversations about saying “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking, , recognizing stress, and creating healthy coping strategies when you feel anxious, are just some ways to make the most of your time at home.
Remember that not every conversation has to start with underage drinking and risky behaviors. Break the ice with your kids about taking time to recharge, to be intentional about making healthy decisions, and how to be mindful of themselves and those around them. Our resources are here to help get those conversations started! We hope you enjoy your celebrations.